§ Gillian Merron
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Chelmsford, West (Mr. Burns), of 5 December 2001,Official Report, column 430W, on numbers of letters received by his Department, if the details of letters received between 20 June and 20 July are available. 
§ Maria Eagle
In my written answer of 5 December I said that information between 20 June and 20 July was not available in the format requested. That was incorrect. The information requested is as follows.
We received 1,137 letters for ministerial reply between 20 June and 20 July. Of those 814 (72 per cent.) were answered within 20 working days, 244 (21 per cent.) were answered within 21-40 working days and 79 (7 per cent.) were answered in more than 40 working days.